Hey, friends! Welcome to the True Love Challenge. Join us in studying the love stories of the Bible, and discover the greatest love story ever told. Bethany is kicking us off with the very first human love story! Grab your Bible, and let’s dive right in. —Samantha, Lies Young Women Believe Blog Content Manager
We’re opening our Bibles in this challenge! Let’s read Genesis 2–5.
Imagine a world where the perfect matchmaker existed. Wouldn’t that be romantic? No dating missteps. No confusing relationships. No wrong choices. No mismatched couples.
At one point in time, this world existed.
Jump back in time with me as we explore the world’s first love story—the story about the marriage of Adam and Eve. Turn in your Bible to Genesis 2, and read this passage with me.
When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed (Gen. 2:5–8).
God has skillfully created the world and the fields (just by His voice!), and then He brought Adam into the picture. But God hadn’t created Eve yet. At this point in the story, Adam is the only human being on Earth.
Let’s jump back into the story where Adam finishes naming all of the animals and realizes that everything has a match—except for him.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Gen. 2:21–25).
Do those verses strike you with awe and wonder? This is incredible! God creates the world and then places a man and a woman—designed with great intentionality—in this world. God doesn’t just make them life partners. He doesn’t just leave them with animal instincts. He doesn’t just make them friends. He doesn’t just create them as heartless beings. No, instead He does so much more.
He makes the man and woman lovers. He makes them husband and wife.
God invents the idea of romance, giving the first husband a wife with whom he can enjoy this spectacular gift. What an amazing God He is! He loved us so much that He designed us with the capacity to experience love in such a beautiful and unique way from the very beginning of mankind.
I don’t know about you, but the idea of being match-made by the King of the universe is pretty awesome. Think about it. Adam and Eve were created for one another. There was absolutely no doubt about it. God put Adam in a deep sleep and used one of Adam’s ribs to create his wife. She was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh.
She was his woman.
When I read those passages in Genesis, I’m amazed by how intentional God was. He created Adam and Eve (and every human being since that moment) with a heart and the ability to love and be loved. He created each one of us with a heart that ultimately longs for complete satisfaction in His love.
The perfect love of God.
Do you want to know what’s even more incredible than being match-made by God Himself? It’s the fact that God has already chosen each one of us (Eph. 1:3–6) and has demonstrated the most extravagant love the world has ever seen (1 John 4:9–10).
Whether you get married or you stay single, you have the opportunity to experience the ultimate love of Jesus Christ. You can find complete satisfaction in a relationship with Him.
Just like He created Eve for Adam, He created you for Himself. He loves you deeply and fully. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and be resurrected from the dead so that He can have a relationship with you. A relationship that is more fulfilling than any earthly romance.
That is something to get excited about!
Let’s ask ourselves these questions:
- Do I long for complete satisfaction in my life? How can I cultivate my relationship with Jesus in deeper and more meaningful ways? (Because that’s where deep satisfaction is found.)
- Why is it so important to understand that Jesus loves me? How does understanding His love change my view of earthy relationships?
The next time you read the story of Adam and Eve, remind yourself that you are chosen. Just like Eve was created and chosen for Adam, you are created and chosen by God—and living in that Truth can change everything for us!
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